Grand Cru Restaurant & Bar
Whether seated underneath the arcing brick ceiling or the sweeping expanse of skylight, on a wheat-coloured banquette or a shapely modern armchair, dining at Grand Cru Restaurant & Bar is sure to be an elegant experience. Serving international cuisine with Czech influences, a meal here might start with a few bites of calamari croquettes with smoked pepper mayonnaise, before moving onto a small plate of marinated beef from the Vilímovský farm served with pine nuts and tallow cracklings. Or maybe a little avocado with duck Foie gras, verjus and piment d’Espelette. It might involve a main course of beef rib confit with red cabbage and potato rösti, or monkfish with a crustacean and mussel emulsion, and roasted peppers with yuzu. And it could involve an ending note of cream and citrus from coconut and yuzu sorbet.
There’s also a tasting menu, should the idea of picking from the prodigious list be a challenge. But the delicious food isn’t the only reason to visit Grand Cru Restaurant & Bar, although it’s a perfectly fine one. The wine bar is a particular draw for locals and visitors alike, with a list that runs the full gamut of offerings from reds and whites to sparkling, fortified, and sweet varieties. In fact, Grand Cru’s full list, including spirits, runs to about 1,500 options. To say you’d be spoilt for choice is an understatement, or a challenge, depending on your inclinations.
And, as an added bonus, there’s a bar menu that offers up beef tartare and grilled toasts, olives, and all manner of cured meats, as well as larger plates, should sampling the selections at Grand Cru work up an appetite. Or if you’re just tempted, which is understandable. The dishes here are hard to resist.